JLS cause stampede

Four 'The X Factor' fans were hospitalised after a stampede at a JLS concert.

Excited devotees of the band - who will compete in the final of the TV talent show this weekend - flocked to South London's Fairfield Halls for the free show yesterday (08.12.08), but several were injured as the crowd surged forward and fought amongst themselves.

Approximately 30 people were given medical treatment at the venue and four others taken to hospital before the band took to the stage.

A source said: "Everyone was being crushed. Then these girl gangs started fighting. At one point there were six girls attacking just one. It was so scary."

Fan Amber Read, 13, said: "When police cleared the area there were people just laying on the floor. I was being pushed so hard I couldn't breathe. It was terrifying."

JLS - comprising Marvin Humes, Jonathan Gill, Ortise Williams and Aston Merrygold - were forced to wait three hours before being allowed to perform by police who calmed down the crowd.

Aston said: "The size of the crowd was crazy - we felt like we were Michael Jackson or the Beatles. We were scared for the fans. We had to sit in a car and wait because the police were worried what would happen if we turned up."

One police officer criticised the lack of security provided by organisers.

He said: "There were only 15 security people on crowd control because they were expecting 1,500 maximum. If we'd been asked to police the event there would have been around 200 of us to control crowds.

Of the four hospitalised fans, one had a fractured wrist, another abdominal pains, and two for breathing problems.

Fellow 'X Factor' finalist Eoghan Quigg and Alexandra Burke also made promotional visits home ahead of the final, which is shown on ITV1 on Saturday (13.12.08).

Meanwhile, Diana Vickers, who was voted off last week's show, has reportedly dumped her boyfriend Chris Jones amid rumours she is dating 16-year-old contestant Eoghan.

A source close to 17-year-old Diana - who had been dating Chris for eight months - said: "Diana and Chris have split. She's overwhelmed with everything right now and she doesn't want anybody.

"Eoghan has made it clear how he feels about Diana."

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